We recently stayed (March 2012) at the Megaro Hotel -- specifically at the apartments located a block away from the main hotel. Be warned -- the hotel facade is currently undergoing a remodeling so it is hard to find under the scaffolding and netting. We spent a good twenty minutes walking up and down the street before finally asking another hotel concierge where it was located. The hotel lobby is pretty funky with black and white tile and an Alice in Wonderland vibe. Although we arrived early by 4 hours we were given key cards to our apartment and we were off. We were walked to our apartment by the coolly efficient concierge and given a very brief introduction to our kitchenette and the use of the card.
The apartment is in a beautiful building located across from a park/basketball court which is in constant use (day and night). Our particular apartment was at the very top of the building which required climbing 52 steps most of them outside with 12 very steep stairs within the apartment itself -- not for the faint of heart.
We stayed in the apartment that accommodated 4 adults. Two beds were in the main living area and one was in an open (no door) room. The bathroom which was beautiful was located within the main bedroom. The apartment was supplied with a small refrigerator a stove/oven a sink and cupboards with plates and glasses and utensils including a corkscrew. There was an iron and ironing board in a large closet in the main area and a hair dryer in the main bedroom. All the beds were comfortable and the rooms were kept scrupulously clean at all times.
Now for the Pros and Cons --
Location, location, location: If you're not afraid of using the tube, you are a block away from the main hub at St. Pancras/King's Cross station. There are ton of incredible restaurants and pubs, a shopping mall, a grocery store and a cinema all within easy walking distance. A bike rental is across from the main hotel and a bank.
The room: Absolutely worth the cost, large and roomy and the great kitchenette. We had a wonderful home-cooked breakfast one day with fresh ingredients we got from an open market and some stuff from the local grocery.
Megaro Restaurant: Delicious food, delightful service and incredibly cool environment. I wish we would have eaten breakfast here and lunch. Our late dinner was one of the best meals we had in London -- truly amazing -- if you do go try the garlic soup -- YUM!
Noise/Drunken Rowdies: This section of London appears to have an inordinate amount of rowdy extremely loud people that enjoy shouting at all hours of the early morning and late night. I like to sleep with the windows open, but after the first night, I learned to use ear plugs and keep the window closed.
Meeting Drunk/Homeless: Although we never felt threatened or scared at any time of day or night that we were out and about, we encountered on a daily basis many very obviously inebriated people (and their by-products).
None of the concierges knew how to turn on the very new/trendy stove (and were not very interested in helping -- but after some experimenting we were able to get it going.
The free wifi seemed to drop out at a certain time every evening and would not work until early morning.
Overall, we were very happy we chose the Megaro and would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You're a curious chap/lady. You want to stay somewhere central, in the most resurgent, vibrant part of London, ideally opposite a couple of stations that can take you just about anywhere in the city, the country or the continent. We don't blame you. Welcome to Megaro. We are more than a place to stay in the very heart of London; it's a hub of London culture and your personal gateway into what is, in our opinion, one of the coolest places in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Megaro Hotel London
- Hotel Megaro London, England